NANS criticises JAMB over N50 result checking fee

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has criticised the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for asking candidates to pay 50 naira in order to check their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results.

The apex students’ body also issued a 48-hour ultimatum to JAMB to refund N50 Short Message Service (SMS) charges back to UTME candidates.

EduCeleb.com recalls that JAMB had on Saturday, 11th May announced the release of the 2019 UTME results, a month after the examination was conducted. It also directed candidates to use their mobile numbers to text a short code to get their results. Each SMS costs a candidate N50.

But NANS described the decision as “exploitation”.

In a statement by its national Senate President, Abdulmajeed Oyeniyi, NANS called on the board to send the examination results directly to candidates’ phone since it has their database.

NANS warned that the board would face the wrath of students nationwide if the money was not refunded in 48 hours.

According to Oyeniyi: “We are never an accident of history; we are part and parcel of the struggle so far. The Nigerian students no longer have confidence in the board’s leadership and decision making.

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“In a sane community, Computer Based Test (CBT) should be well planned before execution to cater for the purposes it was invented for.

“The sanity in the system should ensure appropriate immediate release of results of examinations done by students but it was unfortunate that the board took almost a month to release results across the nation with unprofessional, unethical, non-ideological and non-technological excuses which is nothing but a disgrace to us as giant of Africa.”

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